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Today's News

  • Brownsboro Elementary priority change draws fire

    An upcoming Oldham County Board of Education meeting has drawn protests from residents, but Superintendent Paul Upchurch said they are unfounded.

    The Local Planning Committee meeting, scheduled for Oct. 13, has one item on its agenda: raising the priority of the planned Brownsboro elementary school.

    Upchurch said the change will make available approximately $1.9 million in state funding previously restricted because of the prioritization. That state funding will keep the school system from using taxpayer money for a bond issue, he said.

  • Students named national semifinalists

    The annual National Merit Scholarship and National Achievement Scholarship programs announced semifinalists in recent weeks.

    Semifinalists for both programs are chosen based on Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying scores, and represent less than one percent of the top U.S. high school seniors. 

    The achievement scholarship recognizes African-American students, while the merit scholarship is open to all students.

  • Second floor of EMS building still closed

    When Oldham County EMS veteran EJ Mike fell on the stairs at the Crestwood substation nearly six weeks ago, he continued to work because he “enjoys helping people.”

    Besides, he said, he helped start OCEMS more than 20 years ago as one of three founders.

    Now, though, Mike has to take time off. Despite physical therapy three times a week since the incident, the injuries to his hand and wrist haven’t healed. 

  • Lack of sewer capacity halts development until 2013

    Plans for expanding La Grange Utility Commission wastewater treatment continue with a public hearing on Oct. 10.

    After the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet identified several violations in June 2010, the LUC signed an agreed order to significantly increase the volume of waste water handled per day.

  • En Garde

    ‘Dad’ and ‘Prince’ were looking for a common bond.

    Jim Martin came across an internet posting in January 2009 for fencing. Martin had an interest in fencing since he was in college.

    His 15-year-old son Dirk loved video games. But fencing had one element that both took interest in.

    “It’s decent exercise and I just like hitting people with swords,” Jim said. “You can’t go anywhere else and beat people with a stick and get away with it.”

  • PTA mom pleads guilty to theft, but won't serve time in jail

    A Liberty Elementary volunteer charged with theft of $13,300 from the school PTA won't serve jail time unless she violates probation.

    Melanie Winkle, 39, 2701 N. Ky. 53, La Grange, faced theft and forgery charges for checks she wrote from the PTA account while serving as treasurer.

    Winkle forged the PTA president's signature.

    Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Berry Baxter said Winkle has made restitution with the PTA.

  • Developers sought hefty tax discounts

    For four years, appeals have been filed back-and-forth between the Oldham County Property Valuation Administration and developer Bob Jones.

  • A Perfect Patch

    The Great Pumpkin is alive and well in Oldham County this season, despite shortages across other pumpkin-farming states.

    Pumpkin crops in many northeastern states were devastated by Hurricane Irene, which flooded fields in August. Even before that, heavy rains in the northeast delayed plantings, setting back the Halloween-timed main harvest.

    In Oldham, however, pumpkins had a good season, according to several area farmers. 

  • Van Lenten Just Misses

    His drives were slightly off, his mid-range game was a bit askew and his putts weren’t all going in through 17 holes.

  • A final volleyball tune-up

    LOUISVILLE — To say Oldham County senior libero Jordan Wiese gets excited might be an understatement.